Saturday, June 16, 2007




Weight loss is a tricky topic. Lots of people are unhappy with their present weight, but most aren't sure how to change it — and many would be better off staying where they are. You may want to look like the models or actors in magazines and on TV, but those goals might not be healthy or realistic for you. Besides, no magical diet or pill will make you look like someone else.

So what should you do about weight control?

Read On.

The Most Popular Celebrity Diet

Celebrities and diets are a perennial hot topic. Much of the magazine industry thrives on speculating as to who is eating what. It's no surprise really - celebrities seem to look different at every photo opportunity - it's hard not be curious about the so-called "diet secrets".

So what is the most popular celebrity diet?

Jennifer Aniston
The most famous zone dieter
I have no scientific analyses, no comprehensive surveys - but I will take an educated guess. I believe the Zone Diet (or Zone style of eating) is the number one choice for the "B-list" downwards - and possibly even the A-list as well.

I can almost hear your comments; "But the Zone diet is some aging fad that's past its due date". Not so. Dr. Barry Sears book was published over 10 years ago - but its popularity has remained consistent.

Why the Zone?

  • Even on Amazon the book still sits around the top 1500 mark.
  • On the Internet, the Zone Diet has consistently remained one of the most popular diet search terms over the last 4 or 5 years.

What About the Celebrities?
Here's the clincher: Rich busy people use
diet food delivery services.

Of these services, I believe the Zone-style meals are the most popular choice for home delivery. I continue to be amazed at the number of companies offering this service and the growth in this area. Most of these home delivery services have a long list of high-profile customers.

If you could easily afford $1000-1200 per month for delicious fresh food delivered daily to your door - why bother messing around with shopping and cooking?

UPDATE: See a complete list of 25 diet delivery services that will deliver food to your home.


Jessica Biel: 10 Workout Tips


Us magazine recently talked to Jessica Biel's personal trainer Jason Walsh to garner some workout tips.

I list these here not so you can try and be Jessica Biel - but because the advice is very interesting.

Note: points 6-10 are from Jerry Owens (personal trainer of Rachel McAdams). Emphasis added.

  1. Mix it up
    "I'm a big advocate of recreational sports and stuff. If someone can get out there, even if it's a hike or something like that, just to break up the monotony of going to the gym...I really like that."

  2. Full body exercises
    "We do full body movements. You are pretty much using as many muscles at once, which in turn will jack that heart rate up."

  3. Food choices
    "really organic and clean foods, all natural, like nuts." Also, "an amino acid drink, so that you're not burning up a lot of your muscle, or protein."

  4. Medicine ball
    "Get a medicine ball and do a lunge with a twist while you are holding the ball. Those are great. You are activating so many muscles at once, and you are using those muscles over so many different plains."

  5. Diet
    "Breakfast would be whole grain bread French toast with egg whites and cinnamon. For a mid-morning snack, they'd do a mixed-berry protein shake. Lunch might be sweet potato tuna melt. An afternoon snack might be hummus with celery sticks. Dinner would be spaghetti and meatballs with spaghetti squash and meatballs made of turkey or chicken breast."

  6. On Yoga and Pilates
    "Those are great forms of exercise for stability and balance, but neither one of those is going to change your body dramatically like training with weights does."

  7. Fats
    "The biggest problem is that people are fat phobic. It's clinically proven that we need healthy fat in our diets. You need to eat a balanced diet but not be afraid of fat, like Omega 3 fatty acids like walnuts, olive oil and even coconut oil."

  8. Weight loss and "toning up"
    "blend nutrition, exercise, and physical therapy. The body responds better. People get too wrapped up in doing isolated movement, like being very body part specific."

  9. On Cardio
    "People get too cardio-crazy and need to do more weight lifting," says Owens. He explains that for many people on elliptical machines, "their heart Rate is about the same as if they were shopping around a mall."

  10. Rest and recovery
    "take one to two days off a week: have a massage, make sure you get plenty of rest. The muscles actually change when they're recovering."

Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie: Fat Camp Counselors?


We truly live in the age of the airhead.

The next season of 'reality' show The Simple Life will have Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie as camp counselors.

"The girls[...] will be guiding the children through a week of weight loss and fitness exercises."

Celebrity Size Obsession

by Claire Sundstrom

Over the last year there has been an increasing number of websites and magazines that focus exclusively on celebrity weight and size. I've always been interested in this kind of thing since many female actresses have the "perfect" bodies – any imperfection is worth noting.

However - there are times when the scrutiny can go a little too far. I've noticed that the "skinniest" person - i.e. most skeletal - is often complimented by authors and posters as looking good, or "not too skinny." Sometimes articles are dedicated to celebrities' recent weight gain - even as minor as 5 pounds.

Once, when reading some of the posters' comments, one referring to a celebrity who wore a size six as "huge" - I began to feel that something was just not right.

The obsession with celebrities' weight is everywhere - all you have to do is go to any grocery store or gas station to find headlines plastered on tabloids - "Has (some actress) Put On Weight?"

Even Us magazine's most recent cover featured "Hollywood Revenge Diets" – showing pictures of female celebrities who'd lost weight after breaking up with their significant others.

And who could forget this quote from the movie "The Devil Wears Prada" - "(Size) four is the new six; zero is the new two; six is the new sixteen."

I believe America's focus has become skewed – as we all get heavier, we continue to be obsessed with unrealistic bodies – setting ourselves up for failure.

What do you think?

Any right-thinking human being can judge that The Simple Life is nothing more than fatuous entertainment. Sadly there are an enormous number of girls who (for reasons beyond my imagination) actually view these celebrities as some sort of role model.

So what will the weight loss advice be? Starvation? Vomiting? Snorting cocaine?

An Emotional Eater Breaks the Cycle

Roberta Perry says she used to be an emotional eater who ate whenever she felt angry or depressed. But she has managed to get off that cycle. She has changed her lifestyle and has decided to focus on her cholesterol level rather than her weight.

Perry has lost 75 pounds. She has gone from morbidly obese to obese. She used to weigh 325 pounds and she is now down to 250.


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